Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, July, 2000 Page: 101
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Reminiscences of Dilue Rose Harris
foot steps had not been seen in the yard all-so
the rail he used in trying to force an-en-trance.
us childrn didnt get over the fright for many days.
page 27 seven May 1834 School near oyster
Father Whill in Harris-burg engaged a school-
teacher a gentle man Mr. David Henson. he
had just arived aschooner from New Orleans
with emigrants for Austin Colony. had run the
blockade at Galveston-Island and landed at
Harris-burg. I rememer afew some of the
names. Clinton Harris son of John R. Harris
deceased. Mr. Man wife and two step-sons
Florney Hunt and Sam Allen. Mr. Pruit and two
daughters Mr. Kockernut and wife young married
people. he is german she frech. Mr. Doby brought
dry goods and groceryes. one of the Igemes boys
came home with Father and brother he staid a
few days brother Granville went back with him
and brought out the school teacher. he was an
Irishman. old ugly and red headed. the next-thing
was aschool house. there was alog house half
way be-tween our house and mr. Dyers. it had
been used for ablack smith's shop. the flore was
made of heavy hewed logs called punchones. no
windows nor shutter to the door. Father and Mr.
Henson canvassed the neigborhood to make up
the school. Mr Dyer three children William Foster
and Harvey. Mr. Bell three Stenson Delithe and
Jasper. Mr. West wouldnt subscribe. we thre
Children made up the school with four young
men Leo Roark and his brother Jackson Mr.
Callder and Harvy Safford. Mrs. Roark didn't
send her daughters.said she would send them in
the fall as the boys would then have to gather
the crops brother and I are the only Children
that could read and write. the young men I and
brother could ci-pher.
page 28 June 1834
School Commenced the first of June we have
agood teacher but he was out of his proper place
in Texas. there were but few school books among
the people. the teacher made the multi-plication-
table on paste-board. mother gave her band box
for the purpose. Father had a fine assort-ment
of books but few school books. the crops are
very proisen. plenty of roasting ears for coocking.
we had been three month without bread. by the
last of June the corn was to hard to coock. uncle
James said if he had apiece of tin he would make
agrater. Mother gave him atin bucket he un-so-
rerd it.drove holes with anail fasend it on aboard
and grated meal for supper. Mother gave part of
the bucket to Mrs. Dyer. None of our neig-bors
had tin ware. they used wooden vessels. Mrs.
Roark had amexican utensil for grinding corn calld
ametata. it was alarge rock. it had aplace scooped
out of the center that would hold a peck of corn.
it had astone rollar it was hard work to grind
corn on it but the meal made good bread. some
of our neighbors had small mills called astee mills.
mr. Bell had a wooden morter scooped ot of
wood. with ahanging sweep and pestel which
had to be pulled down. the weight of the sweep
would lift the pestle. it was fun for Children to
pull the sweep down and see it go up. when the
neighbors would meet the first word would be is
your corn geting hard. hav you had any bread
send to my house and get meal or corn.
page 28 coninued June 1834
we are in hig spirits (our school is doing well.)
Every body plenty of bread potatos and other
vegetable. Mr. Gallatin from Harrisburg came
to stay with us he is sick came for Medical
advice. Father knew him in missoria. he brought
us Children some prety sea shells. rode a gentle
pony. said sister an I could ride the pony to school.
the men in the neighbohood are pre paring to
Celebrat the fourth of July. they will have
barbecue and ball. the ladies will have a-quilting.
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